White House Threatens To Veto Rand Paul’s Measure

(RoyalPatriot.com )- With solid bipartisan support, this week the Senate passed a resolution introduced by Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul to nullify President Biden’s federal transportation mask mandate. But according to the White House, the president has already indicated that he would veto the resolution.

The Biden Office of Management and Budget said in a statement that requiring masks on public transportation and in transportation hubs had prevented the spread of COVID and was “saving lives.” The OMB argued that any decision on imposing or lifting the mask mandate “should be guided by science” and not by politics.

Tuesday, the Senate voted 57 to 40 to lift the mandate with 8 Democrats and every Republican except Utah freshman Senator Mitt Romney voting for Paul’s resolution.

Romney, like the OMB, believes only scientific experts should be the ones deciding whether or not mask mandates should be lifted.

Paul’s resolution would use the Congressional Review Act to roll back the transportation rule the Biden administration keeps extending. The current extension of the mask mandate was to expire on March 18, however, the president extended it once again until April 18.

In a statement after the resolution passed, Senator Paul said the vote “sent a message to unelected government bureaucrats to stop the anti-science, nanny state requirement of travel mask mandates.”

The eight Senate Democrats who broke with their party to vote for Paul’s resolution were Michael Bennet, Catherine Cortez Masto, Maggie Hassan, Mark Kelly, Joe Manchin, Jacky Rosen, Kyrsten Sinema, and Jon Tester. Four are up for reelection in November.

It is unlikely, however, that President Biden will have the opportunity to veto Senator Paul’s resolution as it is unlikely to pass the Democrat-controlled House.

Back in December, the Senate voted 52 to 48 to overturn President Biden’s vaccine mandate. At the time, press secretary Jen Psaki said the president would veto the measure if it arrived on his desk. But it never arrived on his desk because the bill was stalled in the Democrat-controlled House.